Microsoft has filed suit against Motorola today in both the International Trade Commission and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Microsoft is claiming that Motorola has infringed on nine of Microsoft's patents in their Android smartphones.
The patents in question relate to the synchronization of email, calendars and contacts, scheduling of meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.
In a brief press release (opens in new tab) Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's Corporate VP and Deputy General Counsel stated,"We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones."
If successful, Motorola could be on the hook for damages and have their Android smartphones banned in the U.S. No response from Motorola on the claims and if you want to sift through the 243 page Federal Court filing, you can find it here (opens in new tab).
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Microsoft is getting desperate since they know their phones suck compared to Android.
WP7 will be awesome, but yeah, I agree with you that this looks like a desperate move.
Does it make you feel good about yourself thinking that? How about you read up on some facts before you post next time? There's a reason even Google has licensed MS's ActiveSync APIs, stop being clueless.
If MS was really desparate like you say they would be suing ALL android manufacturers, not just Motorala.
Motorola sells the most.
not to mention motorola isnt a wp7 parter... TROLL
What a lousy reasoning for microsoft targeting motorola's part of infringing their technology were in fact their functionalities are so damn common. What microsoft should do is concentrate all their efforst in making windows phone 7 a mega epic counter for iPhones shitty mobiles. they're making themselves look unproffessional
Funny, the only ones making themselves look unprofessional are fanboys who dont understand. If MS had no case companies like HTC would not enter into licensing agreements, nor would Motorola even be discussing the patents with MS. Other companies like Amazon have entered into licensing agreements with MS so all the evidence points to MS having a valid case against Motorola.
It's kinda funny how people are so quick to post something negative about MS for devending it's IP when MS gets sued every year by a shitload of "patent trolls" who do nothing but sit on a patent till there's a chance to make millions (I'm looking at you i4i). You know what the difference is? MS uses it's IP, it doesn't sit on it and hope to sue someone to make money, they make money just fine without sueing. People need to get a clue before they start talking out of their rear. I bet if this was Google suing to protect Android from someone else, like Apple or w/e all the droid fans would jump for joy and praise them! Man the internet is full of hypocrits to no end.
The lawsuit is a worry, coming on the eve of the Windows Phone 7 launch, as it could sway public opinion. Just because Microsoft sued HTC doesn't necessarily mean it has a case. It just means the smaller company (HTC) does not want to get into a continued legal fight with Microsoft, and settled it to Microsoft's wishes.
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